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Brand new motor yacht Hatteras 80MY delivered by Hatteras Yachts

December 16, 2014

Last Friday, December 12, 2014, saw the well known US shipyard, Hatteras Yachts, hand over the brand new motor yacht Hatteras 80MY. The just delivered 24-metre superyacht Hatteras 80 MY is a flybridge version.

Just delivered 24m superyacht Hatteras 80MY by Hatteras Yachts

Just delivered 24m superyacht Hatteras 80MY by Hatteras Yachts - Image credit to Hatteras Yachts

Luxury yacht Hatteras 80MY provides lovely and comfortable accommodation in 4 cabins, including a generous full-beam owner’s suite, a double VIP cabin, as well as two twin cabins.

Luxury motor yacht Hatteras 80 MY underway

Luxury motor yacht Hatteras 80 MY underway - Image credit to Hatteras Yachts

Hatteras 80 MY yacht is run by twin 1600 hp Caterpillar C32A diesel engines.

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Hatteras.

Video: 62m Feadship motor yacht POSITIVE CARRY (ex Rasselas, hull 670) departing Miami

December 15, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Positive Carry (ex Rasselas, hull 670) is an outstanding 62-metre vessel, launched by the premier Dutch shipyard Feadship in 2005. Luxury superyacht Positive Carry features both naval architecture as well as exterior design by De Voogt Naval Architects, while her classic interiors have been beautifully designed by Pannagan Design. Below is a video showing this beauty, while departing the popular Miami yacht charter destination, nestled in Florida, on a sunny December morning. The video has been released by ‘ZipzapPower’.

Video from re-launch of 45m motor yacht LADY ROSE at Derecktor – Florida

December 15, 2014

Beautifully designed by Hargrave, the 45-metre luxury motor yacht Lady Rose, formally known as Big D, was launched as Calliope by Hitachi Zosen in 1986. Superyacht Lady Rose has been at the Derecktor facility in Florida since January 2014, undergoing a major mechanical and cosmetic refit, with delivery scheduled for December 2014. Below is a video showing the re-launch of Lady Rose, released by Derecktor Shipyards.

Partnership of DYT Yacht Transport and OCEARCH

December 12, 2014

Plenty of beautiful yachts have been floated on and off DYT Yacht Transport’s semi-submersible ships, but none have been so intriguing as the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH, which is presently making its way from Port Everglades in Florida to Brisbane in Australia on board DYT’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express. The research vessel is the namesake of the non-profit organization OCEARCH, which is globally recognized for its work in the field of ocean sustainability. DYT has teamed up with the organization to support its study of sharks as well as other large predators that are essential to the future of the marine ecosystem. This marks the second time Yacht Express has called on Brisbane and Auckland since its launch in 2007.

DYT Yacht Transport’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express is shown here in Port Everglades, Fla., before heading Down Under with its cargo of precious yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull). (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

DYT Yacht Transport’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express is shown here in Port Everglades, Fla., before heading Down Under with its cargo of precious yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull). (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

The M/V OCEARCH, powered by two Cat engines and three Cat generators, features an at-sea laboratory and custom-built 75,000 pound capacity research platform that can lift a 5,000 pound shark along with a team of scientists and crew – with one degree of list, conditions permitting.

“By moving OCEARCH around the world, DYT is helping the ocean recover faster, and that is critical if we want to successfully accomplish our mission,” said Chris Fischer (Park City), founder and expedition leader of OCEARCH. “If we were to drive the vessel to Australia ourselves, it would take us 60 days and our people and equipment would be totally taxed. The gift that DYT is giving to Australia by delivering OCEARCH there is one that affects every person who loves the ocean and uses the beaches. We hope this marks the first voyage of many with them.”

DYT has partnered with OCEARCH to support its study of sharks and other large predators that are essential to the future of the marine ecosystem. (photo credit OCEARCH/R. Snow)

DYT has partnered with OCEARCH to support its study of sharks and other large predators that are essential to the future of the marine ecosystem. (photo credit OCEARCH/R. Snow)

DYT’s PR/Marketing Officer Catalina Bujor added, “DYT Yacht Transport recognizes the importance of the research done by OCEARCH and is proud to be able to support the organization in conducting its work.”

OCEARCH’s upcoming trip to Australia will mark its 21st expedition. “They have a public safety issue there as well as a conservation challenge, so our goal is to capture and tag as many tiger sharks as possible,” said Fischer. “That way we can find out where and when they are moving, and where and when they are breeding and giving birth.”

Fischer founded OCEARCH in 2008, after eight years and 180 TV episodes of ESPN’s Offshore Adventures. “We were one of the most watched outdoor TV shows at the time, but I began to see that there was a huge disconnect between the knowledge of professional mariners and world-class scientists,” said Fischer. Because of this, we simply didn’t have the fundamental data we needed on sharks, marlin, tuna and various other species to understand how to manage them sustainably and make sure that there were fish for future generations from now.”

Chris Fischer has led 20 global expeditions aboard his research vessel OCEARCH to advance science and education while unlocking the many mysteries surrounding the life history of white sharks and other giants of the ocean. (photo credit OCEARCH/R. Snow)

Chris Fischer has led 20 global expeditions aboard his research vessel OCEARCH to advance science and education while unlocking the many mysteries surrounding the life history of white sharks and other giants of the ocean. (photo credit OCEARCH/R. Snow)

Wanting to make a global impact on the future of the ocean, Fischer began coordinating OCEARCH expeditions that, for the first time in history, brought together fishermen and scientists to tag great whites, tiger sharks and various other species so they could be tracked and their migration patterns studied. Once a shark is tagged, anyone anywhere in the world can follow it in near real-time using OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker.

“Sharks are the lions of the ocean; they are the balance keepers, and if we lose them there won’t be any fish,” Fischer added. “Over 200,000 sharks will be killed today, mostly for a bowl of shark fin soup in China. While groups like WildAid drive down demand in countries like this, we are pioneering on-the-water research to create never-captured-before data so we know how to affect policy to help populations recover. DYT is allowing us to be a lot more mobile and enable more scientists to work with more sharks in a shorter period of time.”

The OCEARCH team will begin its research Down Under in early 2015.

DYT Yacht Transport’s Yacht Express submerges in Port Everglades, Fla. to allow its cargo of yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull), to float on. OCEARCH is on its way to Brisbane, Australia. (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

DYT Yacht Transport’s Yacht Express submerges in Port Everglades, Fla. to allow its cargo of yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull), to float on. OCEARCH is on its way to Brisbane, Australia. (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

The Process

On December 10, 2014, M/V OCEARCH floated onto Yacht Express, taking her place among other large yachts along the starboard side of the ship’s huge dock bay, for her ride to Australia. To secure M/V OCEARCH, keel blocks were laid out on Yacht Express’s dry deck first, with stanchions and sea stands moved into place alongside. Yacht Express then was “ballasted,” submerging the dock bay so it could flood with sea water, and M/V OCEARCH motored into her pre-determined location and tied off, per the instructions of the DYT Loading Master. Deballasting began when all yachts were onboard, essentially lifting the dock bay of Yacht Express while divers ensured M/V OCEARCH and the other yacht cargo were positioned accurately. When the operation was completed, the deck was dry, the sea stanchions were secured, and M/V OCEARCH was ready for its oceanic voyage.

Video: Highlights from SeaKeepers 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions

December 12, 2014

The International Seakeepers Society has released a video below, with the highlights from this year’s DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions. These were hosted by such beautiful vessels as the 138′ luxury charter yacht Penny Mae (ex Keri Lee).

•             January -  SeaKeepers led an outreach program educating Bahamian school children about SeaKeepers Drifters on board charter yacht Defiance. Students learned about marine science and helped deploy a drifter into the Gulf Stream.

•             SeaKeepers collaborated with researchers from University of Florida, Ocean Research Corporation, Florida Biodiversity Institute, and Life Technologies to examine marine genomes inside a custom-made mobile laboratory on board motor yacht Copasetic.

•             May – SeaKeepers partnered with researchers from the University of Miami and Florida Biodiversity Institute to tag 13 female tiger sharks at Tiger Beach, Bahamas onboard charter yacht Penny Mae.

•             August – SeaKeepers conducted an educational outreach program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County on board Defiance to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean.

•             September – SeaKeepers worked with CARTHE researchers to test drifter designs and ocean monitoring devices offshore of Miami, Florida on board Shredder of Fleet Miami. Hundreds of these drifters will be used to study waterflow and currents in the Gulf of Mexico to better prepare us for future oil spills.

•             Scientists from CARTHE led an educational outreach program teaching youth from StreetWaves about ocean monitoring devices and demonstrating how the devices operate.

•             October – SeaKeepers partnered with Golden Gate Cetacean Research to examine marine mammal populations and the return of harbor porpoises to San Francisco Bay, California onboard E Cruz.

•             November – SeaKeepers worked with National Geographic, the University of Miami and Florida Biodiversity Institute to tag tiger sharks and use “crittercams” to better understand shark behavior at Tiger Beach, Bahamas on board luxury yacht Qing and super yacht Fugitive.

The International SeaKeepers Society returns from successful shark tagging expedition aboard motor yacht FUGITIVE and super yacht QING

December 12, 2014

Last month saw The International SeaKeepers Society return from a successful shark tagging expedition, supporting the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Marine Conservation Program, as well as National Geographic. The shark tagging took place at Tiger Beach, a beautiful Bahamas yacht holiday location, onboard DISCOVERY Yachts 125’ Northcoast motor yacht Fugitive, out of West Palm Beach in Florida, and the 150’ Cheoy Lee super yacht Qing, out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

125' Northcoast superyacht Fugitive

125' Northcoast superyacht Fugitive

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and his research team, along with SeaKeepers staff, guests and crews of Qing and Fugitive, and National Geographic staff, tagged ten tiger sharks during the four days at Tiger Beach on a custom-made floating platform designed and built by Florida Biodiversity Institute. Of the ten sharks, three were male, providing valuable and exciting new data for what was thought to be an only female-populated area. Ultrasounds were conducted on the seven female sharks that were captured, and several were found to be pregnant. In addition to acoustic tagging and ultrasounds, researchers also attached several satellite tags, recorded morphological measurements, and took blood samples and fin clippings from the sharks, which will help scientists better understand the behavior and health of tiger sharks in The Bahamas.

150' Cheoy Lee motor yacht Qing

150' Cheoy Lee motor yacht Qing

Part of the expedition was also devoted to collecting and downloading acoustic receiver data from the Tiger Beach area. Researchers are able to track tagged sharks through hydrophone receivers that were mounted on the seafloor in October of 2013. Every six months, receiver data is downloaded. Since October, 20,000 detections by sharks on the hydrophones were recorded. These data give researchers insight to the behavior and habitat use of tiger sharks in the Bahamas, and how these patterns may be related to reproduction, diet and health as well as the potential impacts by tourism at Tiger Beach.

Dr Neil Hammerschlag

Dr Neil Hammerschlag

National Geographic Crittercams were attached to three tiger sharks during this expedition and several hours of footage were recovered. Crittercam is a research tool designed to be safely worn by animals, combining video and audio recording with collection of environmental data. Crittercams allow scientists to study animal behavior without interference by a human observer, and are designed to release from the animal after a set time.

Fugitive Yacht

Fugitive Yacht

The International SeaKeepers Society is working with the UM Rosenstiel School to coordinate expeditions to Tiger Beach every six months. By obtaining data regularly, researchers will continue to increase our knowledge about these important apex predators.

Luxury yacht Qing

Luxury yacht Qing

SeaKeepers’ DISCOVERY Yachts Program joins world-renowned scientists with world-class yacht owners to further scientific research. Yacht owners dedicate their yacht and its abilities to a scientist-led research expedition, in which owners and crew often participate. Previous expeditions include coral reef research in the Dry Tortugas, drifter deployments off the Channel Islands, genome-scale sequencing in Bimini, tiger shark tagging in the Bahamas, and harbor porpoise research in San Francisco.

Second Red Bull Youth America’s Cup confirmed for 2017

December 11, 2014

Last year saw the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup take place just before the first races of the America’s Cup. Attended by 10 national teams comprised of sailors aged 19-23, the event was a huge success. The second Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has been confirmed for 2017, with qualifying starting from 2016.

Members of NZL Sailing Team with ETNZ of New Zealand celebrate after winning the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup in San Francisco, California on September 4, 2013 - Image by redbullcontentpool.com

Members of NZL Sailing Team with ETNZ of New Zealand celebrate after winning the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup in San Francisco, California on September 4, 2013 - Balasz Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

Double Olympic Gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, from Austria, will return as the Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, identifying talent, coaching and assisting the young teams, and making selections for the final regatta, which will take place in 2017.

“Last time we didn’t really know what to expect,” said Hagara, thinking back to some of his first meetings with the young teams. More than 40 had applied to be considered for the initial qualifying sessions.

“How good would they be? Could they handle racing at high-speed on the AC45 catamarans? These are difficult boats to handle, even for the pros.”

“But we saw very quickly that although the learning curve was very, very steep it was also very quick,” said Steinacher. “When it came time for the final races, I thought, ‘some of these guys are probably good enough to join a Cup team’. I was right!”

Sports directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria attend the speed trial of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in San Francisco, California on August 31, 2013 - Balasz Gardi Red Bull Content Pool

Sports directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria attend the speed trial of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in San Francisco, California on August 31, 2013 - Balasz Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

In fact, members of the winning crew, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, were quickly offered jobs at Emirates Team New Zealand, where they now represent an infusion of young talent into the experienced team.

“This is exactly what we hoped would happen when we first started talking about the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, who was instrumental in driving the project into existence.

“There are so many good young sailors out there, who just need to know there is a way forward, a path to get into the America’s Cup. There are no guarantees. This is sport, but with the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, it’s clear that there is a way to break through. Just look at the guys who won last time.”

The stakes are raised for the next edition – not only will the young crews be racing on AC45 wing-sailed catamarans. This time, they’ll be on the foiling version, taking flight above the water, just like the America’s Cup crews they hope to join.

68m motor yacht AVIVA – The largest yacht to be wrapped in new high tech Färben marine foils and films by Wild Group International

December 10, 2014

Custom built by the premier German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen in 2007, motor yacht Aviva (ex Aviva III) is an outstanding 68-metre vessel, with the last refit by Palumbo Superyachts Refit Yards in 2012. Featuring a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure and an impressive beam of 12,30m  (40’4″ft), mega yacht Aviva is currently in Rybovich, which is renowned for its fantastic new facilities. Next month, she will become the largest yacht to be wrapped in the new high tech Färben marine foils and films by Wild Group International.

Superyacht AVIVA - Photo by Abeking and Rasmussen

Superyacht AVIVA - Photo by Abeking and Rasmussen

“I believe the new Färben foils and films offer a superior finish to what’s currently on the market. We are excited to be working on this project and hope it gives confidence to other Captains and owners to come forward and discover the benefits of using Färben products too,” comments Greg Hoar, Director Wild Group.

AVIVA YACHT PROJECT DETAILS

The captain researched various methods of finishing and discovered that by using foils and films the project timescale would reduce significantly.

The decision was made to opt in favour for foils and films following a visit to the Monaco Yacht Show where they were able to see up close the quality and finish that was on offer on a couple of similar large yacht projects completed earlier this year by Wild Group.

Superyacht Aviva is in Rybovich shipyard for her refit. A team of WG skilled installers will be flying out to Miami in the new year where the project is expected to be completed in approximately three weeks.

The specific marine foil film used has been colour matched to Awlgrip battleship grey by Farben foils who are currently working with Wild Group to develop tougher, stronger and glossier films and foils for the marine market.

The advantages of a simpler application means there is less labour time and cost as well as less time in the yard.

Scott Henderson Inc. among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists with PECONIC 43 superyacht tender concept

December 10, 2014

Established by designer Scott Henderson, the Brooklyn-based company, Scott Henderson Inc., has been announced as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015, with their PECONIC 43 superyacht tender concept. The boat will compete for the ‘Yacht Concept up to 40 metres’ Award.

Peconic 43 mega yacht tender concept by Scott Henderson

Peconic 43 mega yacht tender concept by Scott Henderson

American designer Scott Henderson has teamed up with Master Yacht Builders CH Marine in Shelter Island New York, USA, to imagine PECONIC, a 43’ Shelter Island Motor Yacht.

Peconic 43 luxury yacht tender concept

Peconic 43 luxury yacht tender concept

PECONIC 43 yacht tender is inspired by the classic Down East yacht, a maritime archetype indigenous to the north eastern United States fishing and yachting industry. As the perfect launching platform to create a contemporary statement, PECONIC 43 maintains the inherent traditions of the region it stems from.

Peconic 43 superyacht tender concept

Peconic 43 superyacht tender concept

PECONIC 43 luxury yacht tender’s hull flattens out the raised forward bow more typical of a classic Down East motor yacht, adding the feel of speed and power to the hull’s shape – appropriate given the twin Yanmar Marine 8LV 370 MHP engines in its power plant which gives the PECONIC 43 a robust top speed of 48mph.

Peconic 43 yacht tender concept

Peconic 43 yacht tender concept

The hand-crafted yachts by CH Marine, which include the iconic designs Vendetta and ALEXA for American singer /songwriter Billy Joel, evoke the style of the Downeaster and pay homage to a golden age of yachting with their exquisite detailing and refined hand-selected materials. The Peconic Bay, which separates the North and South forks of New York State’s Long Island, is steeped in maritime and seafaring traditions. Long Island Baymen have harvested the rich fishing waters for over a century using Down East vessels. Yachting in the region continues to link the famed harbors of Sag, Montauk the Hamptons and New York City as well as the Connecticut coastline, Block Island and other maritime destinations- teaming the region’s waterways with pleasure, fishing and commuter vessels.

Video: Heesen Yachts at the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS)

December 10, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, 2014, the premier Dutch superyacht builder, Heesen Yachts, attended the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). During the event, the 65m Heesen motor yacht Galactica Star (Project Omnia, YN 16465) received her 9th Award. Luxury mega yacht Galactica Star was awarded in the ‘Best in Design 65+’ category at the 2014 ISS Design Awards. Below is a video showing the shipyard during the 2014 FLIBS, released by Heesen Yachts.